EDfutures and Bankwest present

Eddie Woo



The Future of Maths in Schools



We will hear from maths teacher extraordinaire, Eddie Woo on innovation in maths teaching and learn how teachers across WA can build passion and enthusiasm for their subject by challenging the status quo in their classrooms.

Our panel discussion will focus on the school- and systems-level changes that are needed to support innovation in the classroom.

To submit a question for Eddie and/or the panel on these themes, please visit the Typeform link below. 



Join us at Bankwest Place, 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start.

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Presentation by Eddie Woo: Innovation in Maths Teaching
  • Q and A with Eddie (submit your questions below)
  • Panel discussion with WA Maths Educators: Systems change and the Future of School
  • Networking

Event ends at 8:30 pm.

Food and drinks provided.



This event is aimed at educators in the K – 12 sector, but would also be of interest to tertiary educators and those interested in creating pathways that challenge the status quo in education.





Submit your questions for Eddie and the panel:




Australia’s Local Hero for 2018 and Leader, Mathematics Growth for the NSW Department of Education

Mr Eddie Woo is the head mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School, the largest secondary school in NSW, and is known for his innovation and dynamism in the classroom.

In 2012, Mr Woo started posting videos online for a student who was sick with cancer and missing a lot of school. Before long, his videos found an audience across the country and beyond. Wootube now boasts more than 250,000 subscribers and has attracted more than fifteen million views worldwide – and counting. Mr Woo’s unique and caring approach to teaching is breaking the misconception that mathematics is an inaccessible and difficult subject.

Outside his high school classroom, Mr Woo is a proud father of three and a volunteer facilitator with the University of Sydney’s Widening Participation and Outreach program, where he has personally guided and motivated more than 1,400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr Woo was the winner of the 2015 Premier’s Prize for Innovation in Science and Mathematics in NSW; the 2016 ChooseMATHS Teacher Excellence Award; the 2017 Sydney University Alumni Award: Outstanding Achievements for Young Alumni; 2017 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Fellowship; 2018 NSW Australia’s Local Hero; and a top 10 finalist in the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

Mr Woo is well known across Australia as an advocate for teachers and the importance of teaching. He has written for, and been featured in, the specialist teaching press as well as in national and international media. He is currently writing a book on the beauty and usefulness of mathematics in layman’s terms.



Jarrad Strain

After over 10 years working in the Accounting and Finance Industry, Jarrad Strain found his passion as a Secondary School Teacher. He now works at Perth Modern School in the Mathematics Department. Nominated for Beginning Teacher Award in 2016 he was subsequently recognised in the WAEA People Choice awards. Jarrad has developed the SCSA endorsed program for Project Based STEAM course. He is also working on formalising an Independent Research Project course for Senior School Students. He has a drive to innovate within the education system and is grateful for the support from colleagues and many sources to empower this aspiration.

Follow Jarrad @jarradstrain 

Hilary Saunders

Teacher, mathematician, educator, leader, learner. Hilary is passionate about working with young people to connect them to their best possible future, through nurturing creativity, curiosity and independence. With over 35 years of experience in WA public schools, Hilary is currently the principal at Yule Brook College in Maddington, a Year 7-10 middle school which uses the Big Picture design for education. Hilary believes that personalised, passion-based learning is the key to modernising education and preparing young people for successful futures.

Follow Hilary @HilarySSaunders

Michael Caldwell

Michael is an innovative boundary pusher who works at Perth Individual School as Director of Science and STEM coordinator. He is also an EDfutures Catalyst and founding member. After qualifying as a teacher in 2010, he found himself feeling uncomfortable with the ‘traditional’ siloed model of teaching. He began developing  a less structured approach to learning where integrated STEM and STEAM projects could drive student inquiry. His teaching ideas and techniques have been shared at various conferences in Western Australia and he spreads his ideas and practices within STEM and Student Led Learning on his Twitter page.

Follow Michael @MontessoriMicky 

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